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Familia: Trochilidae
Subfamilia: Trochilinae
Genus: Haplophaedia
Species: H. assimilis - H. aureliae - H. lugens

Haplophaedia, Simon, 1918

Notice sur les Travaux Scientifiques p.39

Vernacular names
English: pufflegs

Haplophaedia is a small genus of hummingbirds, which – together with the members of the genus Eriocnemis – are known as pufflegs. They are found at low levels in humid forest, woodland and shrub at altitudes of 1200 to 3100 m. asl in the Andes of Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia. All species have a straight black bill, a coppery-green plumage, and a slightly forked dark blue tail. The leg-puffs are white in the greenish and hoary pufflegs, and buff-tinged in the buff-thighed puffleg.

Three species are currently recognized,[1] though the buff-thighed puffleg is sometimes considered a subspecies of the greenish puffleg.

Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Greenish Puffleg - Colombia S4E3301.jpg Haplophaedia aureliae Greenish puffleg Colombia, Ecuador, and Panama.
Haplophaedia (aureliae) assimilis Buff-thighed puffleg Bolivia and Peru
Hoary Puffleg.jpg Haplophaedia lugens Hoary puffleg Colombia and Ecuador.


Gill, Frank; Donsker, David; Rasmussen, Pamela, eds. (July 2020). "Hummingbirds". IOC World Bird List Version 10.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 2 January 2020.

Heynen, I. (1999). Genus Haplophaedia. Pp. 643 in: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., & Sargatal, J. eds. (1999). Handbook of the Birds of the World. Vol. 5. Barn-owls to Hummingbirds. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. ISBN 84-87334-25-3

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